Rethinking Foreign Policy

Lessons from Latin America

The reports of the Central American truth commissions are not just about events that took place against the backdrop of the cold war. They are about the United States today, and the role we intend to play in the world.

In early March, President Bill Clinton visited Central America to call attention to the devastation of Hurricane Mitch. In Guatemala City, the focus of the presidential visit shifted suddenly away from the random...

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Robert E. White, a former United States ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay, is president of the Center for International Policy.